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Clashes in Guinea ahead of constitutional referendum

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<p>Guinean police fired teargas amid protest ahead of a constitutional referendum Sunday.</p> <p>This is likely to prolong President Alpha Conde’s rule as he vows to go ahead with the vote despite opposition and the <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 pandemic.</p> <p>“Beyond certain ill-intentioned comments towards our country, Sunday’s poll will be in accordance with the law and regulations of our country”, Condé said. </p> <p>The referendum was delayed last month following months of tension, occasional violence and arrests.</p> <p>According to the government, the proposed constitution will, among others, codify gender equality and that holding a referendum is democratic. </p> <p>But critics fear the real motive is to reset presidential term limits allowing Condé, 82, to run for a third term in office later this year. </p> <p>He has not denied the possibility. Since October, Guineans have taken part in sometimes, violent mass protests against such an outcome. </p> <p>At least 31 protesters and a police officer have been killed in the unrest to date, according to <span class="caps">AFP</span>. Allegations of police brutality are rife. Sunday’s constitutional referendum will be held alongside a parliamentary election.</p> <p>*AFP *</p>

Beyond certain ill-intentioned comments towards our country, Sunday's poll will be in accordance with the law and regulations of our country.

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